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Potential shakeup to Penguins front office

August 16, 2019, 10:35 AM ET [70 Comments]
Ryan Wilson
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Bill Guerin continues to interview with the Minnesota Wild and things are going well so far.

The Athletic has learned that Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin was in the Twin Cities on Thursday for his second interview before some candidates have even gotten their first.

Guerin met with owner Craig Leipold and team president Matt Majka for the second time and with Hall of Famer Mike Modano for the first time, sources say.

I don't think this is a big issue for the Penguins. Quite frankly they could use some different voices in the front office. I'm not laying everything on Guerin's doorstep because at the end of the day Jim Rutherford is the boss and is responsible for the final say, but since Guerin's promotion the kinds of moves Pittsburgh has made haven't been great and the quality of the WB/S team has gone down.

He doesn't strike me as the forward thinking person that is needed to balance Rutherford's old school mindset.

Is he the best person for the Minnesota job? He will have a former teammate in his corner selling him to ownership

The Minnesota job is one of the worst ones in the league. They are a directionless team going nowhere and was recently sabotaged by the last guy who was running things. The margin for error is so small and regardless of who gets the position they will be doing things with both hands tied behind their back.

When Jim Rutherford finally turns the keys over after milking every last drop out of the win now window the team will need somebody very progressive to right the ship. It will take a few years even if the person is doing a great job. It doesn't have to be a 5-7 year ordeal though. I'm not confident Bill Guerin is the guy to fast track the Penguins back to respectable once this run is over. His potential departure will probably benefit the team more than it will hurt.

There is one more nugget of information worth sharing

Majka and Modano, sources say, also spoke on the phone for 90 minutes last week with NBC analyst and former NHL coach Pierre McGuire, who was a finalist for the Wild GM job in 2009.

C'mon Minnesota, double down on stupid.

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